One Oh One (That was the temperature yesterday. On April 17th)

Yesterday, the entire DFW Metroplex became a believer in global warming.

Yesterday –April 17, 2006– the recorded high temperature was 101 degrees.

April Seventeenth.

Today, I believe the high was one hundred…or ninety-nine…or some other ridiculously high number. It doesn’t really matter one degree or another…it was insanely hot.

Mind you, we’re used to this kind of thing later in the year. A couple of months from now a string of, say, fourteen straight 100-plus days won’t cause us to blink around here. And, for those us who’ve been here our whole lives, we kinda like our summers that way.

But April Seventeenth?!!!…

You know the really strange thing? The local news –tv, newspaper, take your pick– they reported the high temps of the past few days, but none of them gave any context for them. Not ONE media source, that I saw, stopped to ask the question, “Gee, could this be related to global warming?”

Those same stations will probably do a story on global warming sometime in the next week or so (Earth Day’s coming, so it will be obligatory)

Will they bother to remind us how high the temps have been when they run that story?
Will they connect the dots enough to show the facts: that we’ve already had eight record high temperature days this calendar year?
Or, will they just run a story about how to put your recycling in the blue plastic bag by the curb?

My bet’s on the blue plastic bags. And that’ll be a shame. Because I promise you: yesterday everyone in Dallas became a believer in global warming.

Now, we just need the media and our politicians to name it, and help to us find ways to do something about it.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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